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OSRS Hunter Guide: 1-99 Training - Old School Runescape

OSRS Hunter Guide: 1-99 Training - Old School Runescape

Complete Hunter guide and how to efficiently train its skills from level 1 to 99

OSRS Hunter Guide

From Scratch to Level 99

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Introduction

Hunter, a Member-Only Skill, allows you to catch various Creatures and Animals that roam the OSRS world. A lot of these Creatures award very valuable loot when caught, making Hunter one of the most profitable Skills in the entire game.

Leveling up Hunter Skill is quite engaging, especially when compared to leveling up Skills like Runecrafting. There are various ways of raising up this Skill efficiently, while also making a good profit. This Guide will go over the fastest, the most efficient, and the most profitable, alternative methods of leveling up Hunter from 1 to 99. It will also cover the prerequisites, Hunter-related Quests, and some optional Gear and Items that can make skilling process smoother.


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Before You Start

There are some preparations to be made before you begin to level up Hunter Skill. Some of these preparation steps are mandatory, while others are optional but recommended. These steps take a form of Quests and Items that improve your Skilling efficiency and generally make your Leveling process much more bearable. There are also a few things you should remember when Leveling Hunter, we will cover these as well.
Quests

There are some Quests that have to be started/completed for access to various Hunting locations. These Quests are not mandatory, but they open up some very viable Skilling routes that should not be overlooked. Quests with low requirements are a great way of gaining some early Hunter Experience, so they should be strongly considered as a way of skipping the first few, very slow level-ups.

  • Natural History Quiz (Recommended, Skill Requirements: None. Rewards: 1000 Hunter Experience, 1000 Slayer Experience). This quest is a great place to start your Hunter journey. Quiz answers are readily available, so you shouldn't have any problems answering all of them quickly. You can start the Quiz by talking to NPC Orlando Smith in the Varrock Museum.
  • A Fairy Tale Part II - Cure a Queen (Recommended, Skill Requirements: Level 40 Thieving, Level 57 Herblore, Level 49 Farming. Reward: Access to the Fairy Rings network which enables you to quickly travel between Banks and Hunting areas). Completing this Quest will speed up your Hunter Skilling process by reducing your travel times significantly, so we strongly recommend you to to complete it if you meet the requirements.
  • Eagles' Peak (Recommended/Mandatory, Skill Requirements: 27 Hunter. Reward: 2500 Hunter Experience, access to the Eagle transportation system, the Ability to set up Box Traps). Box Traps are essential for some of the Hunter Skilling methods, so you Should complete this Quest as soon as you reach Level 27 Hunter. It also awards some nice Hunter Experience, which is a good bonus.
  • Monkey Madness II (Optional, Skill Requirements: 60 Hunter 70 Crafting, 69 Slayer, 55 Agility, 55 Thieving, 60 Firemaking. Reward: 15000 Hunter Experience, 15000 Thieving Experience, 20000 Agility Experience, 25000 Slayer Experience, Access to Crash Site Caverns). This has very high requirements and is very, very long, but also offers some good Experience and access rewards. If you meet the requirements, you can complete it when you get bored with traditional Skilling methods for some additional Hunter Experience.
Items and Equipment

If there are any OSRS Skilling rules, this is certainly one of them: If there is an item or a piece of equipment that can make your grind easier, you should use it. Below, we present you a list of items that will make your Hunter journey a little easier.

  • Stamina Potions - Energy drinks. Skilling Hunter is not that running-heavy, but Stamina Potions are still recommended. These potions will make relocating much faster, by allowing you to run almost constantly. Time is very precious and Stamina Potions will allow you to save a lot of it with just a small Gold Expense. Don't forget to use these when moving between Bank and Hunting Spots.
  • Graceful Outfit - Be Light as a Feather. Just like with the Stamina Potions, this Set of Equipment is recommended, but not really mandatory. It will save you some time, but nothing more. This set of Weight-Reducing Gear will allow you to run for longer, by reducing your Weight and providing you with a 30% boost to Run Energy Regeneration. The whole set provides a weight reduction of 25 kilograms. It can be bought in Parts from NPC Grace. Acquiring it will require ~55 Agility (needed to collect Marks of Grace from Rooftop Agility Courses). The whole Set costs 260 Marks, and you should start by buying OSRS Cape, Boots, Gloves, and Legs, as those parts provide you with the best Cost/Weight-Reduction ratio. Getting this can be quite of a hassle on its own, but it is worth it.
  • Various Hunter Shop items - Be prepared. Depending on your chosen Hunter Skilling methods, you will need all or at least some of these items. Generally, they are easy to get, but some of them require Quest completions (check the Quests section for a reference). There are two Hunter Shops in the OSRS, one is located in Yanille and the second one can be found in Nardah.
    • Noose Wand - used for tracking Kebbits
    • Bird Snares - Used for catching Birds
    • Butterfly Net - Used for catching Butterflies
    • Butterfly Jars - Used in combination with the Butterfly Net for catching Butterflies
    • Box Trap - Used for catching Chinchompas
Things to Remember

 

  • You can set up one extra Trap in the Wilderness. This means that you are able to use Two Traps instead of One at Level 1 Hunter when in the Wild.
  • You gain the ability to set up One extra Trap every 20 Hunter Levels. Level 1 - 1 Trap, Level 20 - 2 Traps, Level 40 - 3 Traps, Level 60 - 4 Traps, Level 80 - 5 Traps. This increase is separate from the Wilderness Trap bonus, which means that at Level 80 Hunter you can set up 6 Traps in the Wild. Ability to lay extra Traps greatly increases your Skilling pace, so you should memorize these thresholds and take advantage of extra Traps as soon as they become available to you.
  • Check your Inventory before embarking on a Hunt as there is nothing more frustrating and time-consuming as having to run back to the Bank because you have forgotten something essential.

 

The Training

For the most part, leveling up Hunter is straightforward, but there are some alternative methods available here and there, so you should pick the ones that suit you (and your wallet) the best.

Natural History Museum
Skill Levels 1-9 ⇒ The "Natural History Quiz" Quest
  • You can pick up the Quiz in the Varrock Museum
  • Check the "Quests" section for a reference
  • If you don't know the Quiz answers, just ask other players, or search for them on the internet, they are readily available.
  • Completing the Quiz just takes a few minutes, and is a great way of leveling up some Hunter Skill Levels without any actual Hunting.

Note: This is the recommended way of getting the first few Hunter levels, as it is a lot less time-consuming than the standard Experience Grind.

Polar Kebbit
An alternative approach for Levels 1-7 ⇒ Hunting Polar Kebbits
  • The Noose Wand is required for Hunting these.
  • They can be found in the Relekka Hunter Area, situated north-east of Rallekka (the best spot is located on the northern island, on its north-west corner). Fairy Ring comes in handy when traveling to the spot.
  • Catching a Polar Kebbit awards 30 Hunter Experience, and Catching a total of 22 is required for advancing to Level 7 Hunter.
Feldip Weasel
Skill Levels 7(9)-15 ⇒ Hunting Feldip Weasels
  • The Noose Wand is required for Hunting these.
  • They can be found in the Feldip Hunter Area, situated south of Yanille. You can get there quickly by using the Ring of Dueling (Castle Wars option) and running south.
  • Catching Feldip Weasel awards 48 Hunter Experience, and Catching a total of 37 is required for advancing from Level 7 to Level 15 Hunter.

Note: The Ring of Pursuit might come in handy for Hunting these, as it provides a 25% chance of revealing the entire track of a Weasel. If you opt for using it, remember to bring a few, because it has 10 charges only.

Fire Rune
Skill Levels 15-33 ⇒ Hunting Ruby Harvest Butterflies and Copper Longtails
  • The Butterfly Net is required for Hunting these.
  • You should bring a full inventory of Butterfly Jars.
  • They can be found in the Piscatoris Hunter Area, situated south of the Piscatoris Fishing Colony. Piscatoris Teleport can be used to get to the spot very quickly.
  • It is a good idea to also bring Bird Snares because Ruby Harvest Butterflies reside at the same spot as the Copper Long Tails. You can take advantage of this by Hunting both of those at once for increased Experience per Hour.
  • Catching Ruby Harvest Butterfly awards 24 Hunter Experience, and Catching a total of 660 is required to reach Level 33 Hunter (if you don't catch any Copper Long Tails).
  • Catching Copper Longtail awards 61 Hunter Experience.
Swamp Lizard
Skill Levels 33-37 ⇒ Hunting Swamp Lizards
  • A Rope and a Small Fishing Net are needed for catching these (1 Rope and 1 Net for each Trap).
  • Swamp Lizards can be found in Morytania, south-east of Canifis, and north of Slepe. Kharyrll Teleport can be used for quick Bank traveling.
  • Catching Swamp Lizard awards 152 Hunter Experience. You should be able to gain about 22k Hunter Experience per Hour when Hunting these. 
Barb-Tailed Kebbit
An alternative approach for Levels 33-37 ⇒ Hunting Barb-Tailed Kebbits
  • A Knife and an Axe are required for Hunting these (the Noose Wand doesn't work, and the Deadfall Trap must be used instead).
  • Barb-Tailed Kebbits can be found in the Feldip Hunter Area, situated south of the Feldip Hills (travel south from Yanille).
  • Kandarin Headgear comes in handy when Hunting these, as it lets you cut two logs at a time.
  • It is a good idea to also bring Bird Snares because Barb-Tailed Kebbits reside at the same spot as the Crimson Swifts. You can take advantage of this by Hunting both of those at once for increased Experience per Hour.
  • Catching Barb-Tailed Kebbit awards 168 Hunter Experience, and Catching a total of 55 is required for advancing to level 37 Hunter (if you don't catch any Crimson Swifts).
  • Catching Crimson Swift awards 34 Hunter Experience.
Prickly Kebbit
Skill Levels 37-43 ⇒ Hunting Prickly Kebbits
  • A Knife and an Axe are required for Hunting these (the Noose Wand doesn't work, and the Deadfall Trap must be used instead).
  • They can be found in the Piscatoris Hunter Area, situated south of the Piscatoris Fishing Colony. Piscatoris Teleport can be used to get to the spot very quickly.
  • If you have at least 32 Fletching, you should bring a Chisel, which will allow you to fletch Kebbit Spikes into stackable Kebbit Bolts. This will free a lot of inventory space and let you Hunt for longer.
  • It is a good idea to also bring Bird Snares, Butterfly Net and some Butterfly Jars because Prickly Kebbits reside at the same spot as Copper Longtails and Ruby Harvest Butterflies. Hunting all three of them will increase your Experience gain per Hour.
  • Catching Prickly Kebbit awards 204 Hunter Experience, and Catching a total of 117 is required for advancing to level 43 Hunter (if you don't catch any Copper Longtails and/or Ruby Harvest Butterflies).
Spotted Kebbit
Skill Levels 43-60 ⇒ Hunting Spotted Kebbits at the Falconry
  • 500 Gold is needed for renting a Gyr Falcon that can be used for catching Spotted Kebbits (You can't have Gloves, Weapons, and Shield equipped or you won't be able to rent a Falcon). Please remember that 500 coins are needed for every Falconry entry.
  • Falconry is located at the Piscatoris Hunter Area, situated south of the Piscatoris Fishing Colony. Piscatoris Teleport can be used to get to the spot very quickly.
  • It is a good idea to bring a Bonecrusher because it will automatically bury the Kebbit bones, which halves the time needed for dropping items.
  • Catching Spotted Kebbits at the Falconry should make you around 45k Hunter Experience per Hour (it is very Clicking-intensive and requires some precision, so the ultimate experience number will depend on your skill in using a Falcon).
  • From Hunter Level 57, you can also catch Dark Kebbits for increased Experience per Hour. Each caught Dark Kebbit awards 132 Hunter Experience. 
  • Catching Dark and Spotted Kebbits at once should result in about 70k Hunter Experience per Hour, depending on your skill in using a Falcon.
Red Salamander
Skill Levels 59(60)-67 ⇒ Hunting Red Salamanders
  • These are unlocked at Level 59 Hunter but is better to start Hunting them at Level 60, as this is when you unlock the ability to lay 4th Trap.
  • One Rope and one Small Fishing Net is required for each Trap.
  • They can be found south of the Ourania Cave's entrance. Ourania Teleport can be used to get to them very quickly.
  • Hunting them from level 60 Hunter with 4 Traps should yield you around 80k Hunter Experience per Hour. With a proper Trap placement, some consumables (Stamina Potions), and when wearing a Graceful Outfit, it is possible to achieve up to 100k Hunter Experience per Hour when Hunting Red Salamanders.
Black Salamander
Skill Levels 67-80 ⇒ Hunting Black Salamanders
  • One Rope and one Small Fishing Net is required for each Trap.
  • Black Salamanders can be found in the Wilderness, south-east of the Bone Yard and north-east of the southern Chaos Temple. However, the Hunting area is rather safe, and you will be able to Teleport away (this means that you SHOULD bring some form of Teleportation with you) when attacked by a PK.
  • Please remember that you can place one additional Trap when Hunting Black Salamanders (the Wilderness bonus).
  • Hunting Black Salamanders in the WIlderness should net you about 110k Hunter Experience per Hour.
Black Chinchompa
Skill Levels (73)80-99 ⇒ Hunting Black Chinchompas
  • Hunting Black Chinchompas offers the best Hunter Experience gains per hour from level 73 onwards, but Hunting them is very risky, as they can be found in very dangerous parts of the Wilderness (levels 32-36).
  • They can be found in the Wilderness, south-east of the Lava Maze. You can get there quickly by using the Waka Canoe from Edgeville to the Wilderness pond (this will require 57 Woodcutting). 
  • Eagles' Peak Quest is required to Hunt these, as they require Box Traps.
  • Hunting Black Chinchompas from Level 73 to Level 99 Hunter will earn you about 111kk Gold in total, and you will have to catch about 38000 of them in order to reach Level 99 Hunter.
  • High Defense and Magic levels (90+) and good defensive equipment are recommended for additional safety when Hunting these.

Note: Hunting Black Chinchompas is associated with high risks, and you should Hunt Red Chinchompas instead if you have problems avoiding/running away from Player Killers.

Red Chinchompa
An alternative approach for Levels 63(80)-99 ⇒ Hunting Red Chinchompas
  • Hunting Red Chinchompas is a bit less profitable, but also a much safer alternative for Hunting Black Chinchompas.
  • These can be Hunted from Level 63 Hunter, but Experience Gains below Level 80 Hunter are rather low. However, it might still be worth it if you are profit-oriented because Red Chinchompas are in very high demand.
  • Eagles' Peak Quest is required to Hunt these, as they require Box Traps.
  • Red Chinchompas can be found in the Red Chinchompa Hunting Ground, situated south of Feldip Hills (you have to complete Hard Tasks of the Western Provinces Diary for access). Use the Feldip Hills Teleport to get there quickly.
  • From Level 80 Hunter forward, you should be able to get about 110k Experience per Hour when Hunting these. With the 3-Tick Hunting method, it is possible to achieve up to 170k Experience per Hour, which makes this method potentially the fastest in the game.
  • Hunting Red Chinchompas from Level 63 to Level 99 Hunter will earn you ~74kk Gold in total, and you will have to catch around 47800 of them in order to reach Level 99 Hunter.


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END NOTE

This Guide has covered the basics of Leveling up Hunter Skill and should allow you to Grind Hunter experience efficiently. Please remember that all steps featured above are just raw guidelines, and you are free to develop your Skills however you want, but nevertheless, we hope that you will find this Guide at least somewhat helpful.

Please do note that this is an early version of our guide, and we will be happy to receive constructive criticism, that will help us improve it, so leave your suggestions in the comment section below. We also plan to add further, less known Skilling methods to the list in the foreseeable future.

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